A Stage Hand in Act Two – Thoughts on Joining VMware

I've been incredibly fortunate over the past several years to have worked with many VMware customers as the Virtualization Practice Manager at Clearpath Solutions Group, as a leader in the Washington DC VMware User Group, and at industry events like VMworld, EMC World, VMUGs, VTUGs and VMware Knowledge Series. As I have engaged with customers large and small, I've seen the realization of the real, tangible benefits of VMware's virtualization solutions to IT organizations and the businesses they serve. I also began to see customers become increasingly interested in solutions beyond vSphere - … [Read more...]

Pivotal Announcements

At EMC World yesterday, the newly formed joint venture between EMC and VMware, along with a strategic investment by General Electric (GE) was discussed by Paul Maritz (former VMware CEO) in the morning’s keynote address.  Pivotal combines intellectual property and engineering resources (1200 employees) from both EMC and VMware to focus on solving big and fast data problems.  Pivotal combines solutions such as EMC Greenplum and VMware Cetas to serve and analyze ‘Big Data’, VMware Gemfire to rapidly ingest ‘Fast Data’, VMware’s Spring and vFabric technologies, and Pivotal Labs software for rapid … [Read more...]

VMware Product Updates – April 2013

VMware has released updates to several products over the past couple weeks.  Many of the updates take the version 5.1 products announced at VMworld 2012 to Update 1 (i.e. the first major service pack).  The updates, spanning vSphere (ESXi and vCenter), vCloud Director, vCenter Operations, vCenter Orchestrator, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere Data Protection, and the vSphere Storage Appliance, include bug fixes, security fixes, and functionality changes.  Here’s what you need to know about the updates, including a few upgrade bugs that you need to know about before you pull the … [Read more...]

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -VMware ThinApp

I've had questions from customers and have seen some musings on social media about a VMware End of Availability Notice (EOA) for VMware ThinApp.  I thought I might set the record straight here.  The EOA notice is posted on the VMware ThinApp How To Buy page, with a PDF FAQ document here: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp/VMware-ThinApp-EOA-FAQ.pdf.  From the How to Buy page, we read that ThinApp will no longer be available as of December 15, 2013, with no orders for ThinApp being accepted after that date.  This is crappy wording by VMware. ThinApp is not being discontinued!  The … [Read more...]

Obligitory Vote for vBloggers Post – MadLibs Style

It's that time of year again, where virtualization bloggers everywhere are courting your vote in the vSphere-Land 2013 Top VMware and Virtualization Blogs poll.  The voting asks the virtualization community to select the blogs/bloggers that they feel are the most influential, helpful and otherwise awesome based on longevity, quality, length of post and frequency.  While I could tell you about how I strive to make each of my posts of the highest quality, great in length (I've even had complaints of being too long-winded), filled with original content aimed at educating my reader (and having a … [Read more...]

Troubleshooting Slow Logon to VMware View Desktops

I did a bit of troubleshooting today for a customer who was experiencing very slow logon times to VMware View desktops running Windows XP.  I suspect the problem is a fairly common one so I thought I might share my troubleshooting methodology and the solution that got the login time back to normal.  Following a rigid methodology may be overkill for many troubleshooting situations.  If you strongly suspect a root cause to a problem, check the solution before digging in to analytic troubleshooting.  A little bit of Googling may eventually get you to an answer for a particular problem, but having … [Read more...]

Blank QuickLaunch Icons on View Desktop

I've been doing a several VMware View installs for customers this month.  During one of the engagements I ran into a strange issue where the Quick Launch icons on the Windows Taskbar of provisioned Linked Clones were blank.  Here's what it looked like: Clicking on the icons resulted in a warning: "Can't open this item.  It might have been moved, renamed, or deleted.  Do you want to remove this item?"  No, Windows; I don't want you to remove it, I just want you to fix it, thank you very much. I did a bit of digging and found another user on the VMware Communities forum had the … [Read more...]

Conflicting Guidance on No GUI Boot and Base Video settings for VMware View Desktops

I've been working on writing up a complete guide for optimizing VMware View desktops.  In my research I've come across some conflicting information on using the 'No GUI Boot' and 'Base Video' boot optimizations found in the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe). Why You Might Use 'No GUI Boot' and 'Base Video' Tweaks No GUI Boot The 'No GUI Boot' option disables visual elements in the Windows boot sequence (the Starting Windows screen with the swirling colored dots that turn into the Windows logo).  The idea with this optimization is that CPU cycles are needed to render, … [Read more...]